The year is 1999 and the setting is a disused sheep farm in rural NSW. The farm is dilapidated, the homestead, once magnificent, is now dark and squalid. It sits by the river and now the river is rising. As the sun sets, the flood waters trap three women; a mother and her two daughters, one who takes care of her, one who has been away for 20 years. The screen door bangs open; Catherine has returned home from London, and amidst the claustrophobia, driving rain and decay, the truth about their family begins to float to the surface.

  • australian gothic
  • 90
  • 3 total
  • 3 female identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre



Various reviews for 'The Flood' by Jackie Smith: "Wiley Australian Gothic" - Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 5 December 2009 "The Flood is a high water mark" - Andrew Shaw, MCV, 7 December 2009 "The Flood" - Anne-Marie Peard,, 6 December 2009 "The Flood" - Erin Courtney Kelly, artsHub, 15 December 2009 "The Flood" - Sunday Age, 20 December 2009 "The Flood: An Australian gothic" - Kate Herbert, The Herald Sun, 8 December 2009 and others

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